Harpenden cancer boy is a Little Star
TO his family, he has always been a little star for his bravery in facing gruelling cancer treatment despite a fear of needles.
And late last month seven-year-old Adam Sharp, a pupil of Wood End School in Harpenden, was a guest of honour at a special party held at London Zoo to salute the courage of all children coping with the disease.
Adam was one of 20 children from across the UK chosen as an ambassador to represent the 220 children who received Little Star Awards in 2010/11.
He met a host of celebrities including I’m a Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon, Dancing on Ice finalist Laura Hamilton and actress Lorna Fitzgerald who plays Abi Branning in EastEnders.
At the age of four, Adam was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Chemotherapy stopped the tumour from growing but did not reduce it, forcing the youngster to spend weeks in hospital, facing major brain surgery on four occasions.
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The treatment was stopped in February 2010, but left him visually impaired with a weakness to his left side. However, Adam is coping well with his disability and is becoming more independent.
Although he was left struggling to walk after one operation, Adam now joins in with the sports at his school and has become very good at table tennis.
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His mum, Jos, said: “He never complains or feels sorry for himself. Although he is terrified of needles, he took everything in his stride and charmed doctors with his chatter.
“Everyone who meets Adam tells me he is a star. Adam’s tumour is inoperable so he has to have regular MRI scans to monitor it, which he finds interesting. Adam always finds the best in any situation. I am so proud of his outlook on life, his attitude and achievements.”
The Little Star Awards party was held by Cancer Research to raise awareness of the charity’s work in the field of childhood cancer research. The awards are open to all under-17s who have cancer or have been treated for the disease in the last five years and regards every child who confronts cancer as extra special.
Jos added: “He had a fantastic time. He was so happy when he won the drawing competition. He doesn’t usually attempt art as he thinks he can’t do it. And he really enjoyed dancing for everyone – and getting all the applause afterwards!”